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Two Texas tribes win approval to offer slots casinos

In the early part of the century the state of Texas may have overstepped its bounds and forced two tribes to close their gaming facilities on sovereign land. The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the Tigua Tribes (aka Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo) have finally had their right to operate affirmed by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). Both tribes had been restored to federal recognition a year prior to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) being passed, and both tribes have jurisdiction over their lands, according to NIGC Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri.

Federal courts had ruled earlier that clauses in two federal laws that read,  “All gaming activities which are prohibited by the laws of the State of Texas are hereby prohibited on the reservation and on lands of the trib…